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Aspen Ideas Festival Social Media Recap: Day 5

July 2, 2014  • Kara Burney, Guest Blogger

The first full day of Fest 2 at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival brought together an ecclectic mix of speakers from the worlds of policy, politics, media, and the arts. Here are the latest ideas and inspirations from the Festival that are being circulated and shared on social media.

Facebook, Google, and the Future of Free Speech

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen moderated a conversation with Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management, Monika Bickert, and Google’s Vice President of Legal, Nicole Alston, on the developing definition of free speech on the Internet. In the vein of free speech, the conversation itself was shared and streamed live on YouTube.

Katie Couric and Gov. John Hickenlooper Discuss the Dope on Pot

Yahoo Global Anchor Katie Couric spoke with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper about the status of the state’s legalized marijuana program, which has been in operation for six months. Hickenlooper noted his chief concerns regarding the legalization of marijuana is its potential to disrupt brain development in people up to age 24 to 26 and exacerbate mental illnesses in teens. In response, Hickenlooper announced the development of a marketing campaign with the slogan, “Don’t Be A Lab Rat,” aimed at warning young teens of the dangers of pot consumption.

Jon Batiste and Walter Isaacson: How Do We Get Millennials Involved in Jazz?

Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson sat down with musician and fellow New Orleans native, Jon Batiste, to discuss the history of jazz and the state and future of American musical traditions. Batiste discussed the concept of “love riots” — interactive, impromptu experiences with music — and the fusion of musical traditions that he calls “social music.”

The night prior to the conversation, Batiste and Aspen Institute Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, engaged in an impromptu performance of their own, and shared the moment on Instagram.

Arianna Huffington Thrives in Aspen

Arianna Huffington found time before her evening session, “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder,” to connect with the visiting Bezos Scholars. Following her own Third Metric advice, she also stole away to appreciate and share the beauty of the Aspen landscape.

Aspen Ideas Stand-Up Review

Last night at Belly-Up Aspen, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg hosted a night of comedy and political folly with fellow dabbling humorists, including Jon Lovett, Theodore B. Olson, Shabnam Ramaswamy, Kurt Andersen, Paul J. Zak, an unexpected Katie Couric, and Grover Norquist. Norquist shared a preview of the night’s comedic tone with the Aspen Ideas Festival over Twitter.

Which Aspen Ideas inspired you? Use the hashtag #AspenIdeas to share the Festival insights that resonate most.

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